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9 steps to onboarding remotely

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​The key to formulating a modern talent strategy

Onboarding is a comprehensive process. A process for new recruits to understand the culture and values behind a business on a more complex level than you would learn in a standard orientation, where new employees are given a basic introduction to systems and guidelines. Onboarding is a systematic approach integrating new employees.  

As the real estate industry is forced to relieve talent across the board, we are experiencing an influx of high-quality talent available, a prime opportunity for employers to reach a talent pool which would usually be unavailable. In order to attract and retain these candidates, before normality resumes, onboarding remotely should be considered.  

Remote onboarding shouldn’t just be considered on an interim basis. According to Interact-Internet, 91% of employees believe they get more done working remotely. Now the global population has been forced to work from home, the flexible working movement will more than likely become a norm for most businesses as we shift back to normality. Employers are now given no option but to trust employees working remotely, the mindset of flexibility is being forced upon those who thought it would never work for their industry and employees are experiencing and proving that working from home actually works. 

If a business was not offering the option to work from home (on a regular basis) before the 2020 pandemic, and choose not to incorporate the movement into their transition back to the office, they could risk losing current team members and will fail to attract a demographic that now expect it. 

Remote working can be used as more than just a tool to retain staff and increase productivity. The concept of onboarding remotely also opens the door to high-quality talent which might have not been financially viable before. Offering a remote working role allows the cost to be more flexible as well as the workstyle. 

Censa Caird, Director of Delivery at deverellsmith, has successfully onboarded 3 employees using remote working techniques. She commented, “The process of onboarding begins at the recruitment process and continues throughout the first 6 months of employment. It’s critical that onboarding remotely should include the same framework as you would in the office, to engage and retain staff.” 

Technology plays a key part of working remotely and this makes no difference when it comes to onboarding. It’s the glue that keeps the team together. Software like Microsoft Teams offer video conferences at ease and enables quick communication to flow easily, both in team environment and one-on-one. 

If you’re ready to evolve your employee program, download deverellsmith’s guide 9 steps to onboarding remotely: The key to formulating a modern talent strategy for an introduction and detailed breakdown on onboarding remotely here.